Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

 

Brussels sprouts have always had a hard time living down a bad reputation and really for no good reason.  These things are delicious! However, if there are doubters among you, this recipe includes bacon and we all know what that means….

Ingredients:
Brussels sprouts
Bacon
Olive Oil
Balsamic Vinegar
Kosher Salt
Freshly Cracked Black Pepper

Process:
1. Preheat oven or grill to 425F (indirect if grill).

2. To prep the sprouts, cut about 1/4″ off the stem of the sprouts. Remove a couple of the outer leaves and score an “x” into the stem, not going into it much more that 1/8″ to 1/4″.

3. In a large bowl, toss sprouts with a generous amount of balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper (preferably in that order). Set aside, tossing occasionally.

4. In a sheet pan, lay flat strips of bacon and bake until just crisp.

5. After removing the bacon from the sheet pan, add the spouts to the pan without removing any of the rendered bacon fat. Roast the sprouts at 425 or until there is slight browning occurring on the outer leaves and the inside is tender but not mush.  Depending on your oven you may need to play with the temperature.  Start at 425 to get your browning started but decrease the temp if they are browning too aggressively.  Cook time should be 30-45 minutes.

6. Transfer the cooked sprouts, along with any remaining bacon fat from the pan, into a serving bowl.  Sprinkle with chopped bacon and add a a few dashes of balsamic vinegar.  Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper if needed.

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